Hello and welcome to the Papercraft Business June Challenge #7. The theme is Anything Goes and optional: Use your oldest designer paper for an extra entry to win the prize! The winning prize is Believe in Yourself die from Lawn Fawn.
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The oldest designer paper I have in my crafting stash is this beautiful Japanese origami paper. I've had this for a long time now probably over 10 years lol. I bought it from an Art store and was sold as single A4 sheets and don't know the actual brand sadly. I love Japanese art and the papers are just exquisite. I have a quite a few origami papers and love both texture and the gold foiling on them. They're too beautiful to cut up and this challenge has certainly made me come out of my comfort zone hehe. This is the pattern I used, it's only half of it as I've used the other half on the finished card.
I have also used some Japanese inspired rubber stamp sets: Darkroom Door - Japanese Calligraphy and the Geisha image from Judi-Kins which is quite an old stamp. I have also used the Circle Card thinlits dies from Stampin' Up! to create a flip card that opens up like a Japanese screen to showcase the gorgeous paper. The Layering Circles framelits dies from Stampin' Up! were also used and coordinates perfectly with the circle window panel.
The geisha image has been stamped with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black that's copic friendly and have coloured in the hair accessories and part of the kimono with Copic markers keeping the same colours as the patterned paper. The image has been hand cut out and have used a circle die just a bit smaller to the circle on the card front and have just partially die cut the base of the image.
Behind the geisha is the Japanese Calligraphy set that has been silver heat embossed and die cut out using the Layering Circle framelits that is the same size as the circle panel window. The same Japanese calligraphy image has been used in the inside panel and trimmed to fit.
The geisha has been mounted with fun foam to add dimension and as an embellishment, I have attached a gold tassel with gold bakers twine and placed that behind the geisha to neatly hide the twine and for it to hang down.
On the reverse circle panel window behind the geisha, I have used the 'peace' kanji character from Japanese Calligraphy and have white heat embossed for an embossed resist ink blending using Broken China and Faded Jeans Ranger distress inks. The same circle die has been used to die cut to leave a white border around it.
Here is the card from the inside standing up and opens up like a Japanese screen. It's such a great way to display and show the lovely patterned origami paper.
The gold circle is from another Darkroom Door set called Kimono Vol 2 and has been added as design feature to emulate a seal or signature and ties in with the exisiting circle window panels.
I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. This card was so much fun to create and kind of a bespoke piece. It was also a great way to finally use this paper as I was hesitant to cut it up and so happy how it turned out. I look forward to seeing what you create using your oldest patterned paper for the challenge, it's a great time to start using them and show them off - old becomes new! Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time - Happy Crafting! :)